Learning disability day opportunities

We offer day opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. They include a wide range of groups and activities that can be tailored to meet individual needs.

They take place in our day centre bases or out in the community in the following areas.

Centre Phone number
Athersley South (01226) 292008
Dearne  (01709) 896850
Gilroyd (01226) 787901
Wombwell (01226) 753441
Keresforth Special Resource Centre
(for people who have more complex or challenging needs)
(01226) 727342

Is it for me?

Call one of our centres for a chat. They'll advise you whether our service is right for you, or the person you care for.  Why not visit a centre, meet our service users, and find out what's on offer. Check our centre noticeboards. They'll have photos, and stories written by our service users about the activities they do.  

People of all ages use our service. We have a full programme of activities and support for young people, who have just made the transition from children's services.  We also have older people who enjoy the social aspects of coming to our centres.

Whether you have mild to moderate learning disabilities or more complex learning or physical difficulties, we'll offer activities to suit you.

Types of activities

You can mix and match services and support to meet your needs. For example, you might want to spend part of your week with us and the rest going to college.  You could decide to use our employment and volunteering service and attend a placement on some days. 

Our service users often tell us what kind of activities they want to get involved in. Wherever possible, we'll try to provide these, either in our building, or by helping people to access what's already available in the community.

Activities include:

  • cookery
  • gardening
  • animal care
  • IT
  • photography and media
  • managing your money
  • exercise classes and other leisure activities
  • walking groups
  • day trips
  • volunteering with local groups and businesses

How to apply for day opportunities

We'll need to do an assessment to see if you qualify for day opportunities.

You'll also need to have a financial assessment. This helps us to calculate the daily rate you'll need to pay towards the cost.  If you prefer not to have a financial assessment, you can pay the full daily rate.

If you're eligible, together with you and your parents/carers, we'll develop a package of support that's right for you.   It will improve your daily living skills, enable you to get out and about, and support your overall health and wellbeing.  You'll be able to continue with hobbies you already enjoy and we'll support you to follow other interests.

Getting to activities

We can arrange social services transport for you if your assessment showed you need it. We'll be advised about any charges for this at the time of your assessment. 

We also provide a travel training service called Free to Go. It works with adults with learning disabilities, and other groups, who need help to travel independently, either on public transport or on foot.  You can read about how this works on their webpage.